Ara Wiseman

Month: February 2014

How to Bring Balance into Your Life

How to Bring Balance into Your Life

(Written by Natalia Hnatiw) Balance— that’s what everything in creation is striving for. When things are balanced and harmonized, everything functions optimally. Maintaining a healthy balanced life is essential for happiness and well-being and can boost your productivity and career and business success. A well-balanced person has a greater ability to focus their attention and energy on attaining their goals and moving forward in a meaningful way. But what does it mean to be balanced? Balance is a state of equilibrium, where you have a handle on all the various aspects in your life and don’t feel that your heart or mind are being pulled too hard in any direction. When you are balanced, you feel calm, grounded, clear-headed and motivated. Your body, mind and soul are in sync. Does this describe you? If not, there are things you can do to bring this about. The key is to not try to change everything at once, but to make small modifications over time to determine what works best for you. How to find balance: Become aware—The first step to bringing yourself back into balance is awareness. When you are aware, you can determine whether you are on the right path, or if you are making good, balanced decisions. Don’t be perfect— There’s no such thing. It’s okay to make mistakes, to fall down or to come up short. This is how we learn and how we grow.  Sure, determination is great but you can’t always be successful at everything you do, and when you accept this, life becomes a whole lot easier. Move your body— Do you find yourself stuck behind a desk all day, and then by the time you finally get home, you’re exhausted and have just enough energy to flop on the couch and reach for the remote? You need movement. The word emotion has “motion” in it and in order to feel good, you need to move your body. Go for a walk outside; being in nature is one of the most calming and serene things you can do for yourself. If you live in a city and it’s the dead of winter, dress warm with layers. You can also join a gym, yoga studio, practice yoga online or go to a mall and walk around. The point is to get movement into your body which will also help to calm your mind. Do things for yourself— and don’t feel guilty about it. Do you find yourself trying to make everyone else happy and put yourself last on the list? You need to erase that mind set. You deserve to go for a massage, have a manicure, take a bubble bath, or read a good book, and enjoy it! Minimize toxins— by that, I don’t just mean chemicals or processed foods, although you should avoid those too. Minimize the negative influences around you, the people that bring you down, the ones with the negative attitudes, the complainers and whiners. Avoid toxic people, you know who they are.  We take in the energy of the ones around us, so surround yourself with positive go-getters who are as happy to be on this Earth as you are. Don’t be a hermit— make time for your friends and family. It’s okay to have time to yourself, but spending good, quality time with the people who care about you is also important in a balanced life. So remember that friend you half-heartedly promised you’d have coffee with? Call them. Make a date and catch up. I promise you won’t regret it. These are suggestions that I find work for me, when I feel that my life is getting out of balance.  How do you find your balance? Email us and let us know. Natalia is a holistic nutritionist, fitness enthusiast and avid dog-lover. She is a firm believer that treating the root cause of one’s ailments, rather than focusing on the symptoms, is the proper way to heal the body. By using a natural approach centered on whole foods and positive lifestyle changes, Natalia incorporates her extensive knowledge of nutrition and wellness to help her clients bring balance back into their lives. The body’s ability to heal itself is amazing. It is never too late to get healthy and live life as the best version of yourself.

Raw Vegan, Middle Aged Woman looking for Mr. Right?

Raw Vegan, Middle Aged Woman looking for Mr. Right?

(Written by Irma Romano) Raw Vegan, Middle Aged Woman looking for Mr. Right. As if being middle aged was not hard enough when it comes to the dating game, just add the words Raw Food and Vegan and see what happens. In Canada, approximately 4% of the population is Vegetarian, out of which some are Vegan, and even less are Raw Vegan males. So where does that leave a woman like me on the dating scene? There are certain subjects that could make or break a new relationship, if the two people entering it have very different views. These subjects can include religion, culture, and lifestyle, including smoking, drinking and, in the case of this article, food. Believe it or not, food can end a relationship before it even has a chance to take off. Here are some examples of what can occur when meat eaters meet vegans. I was having a conversation, not long ago, with a dear friend of mine. He is vegan and was telling me about a past relationship he had with a meat eater. He had gone out of his way to accept her eating habits, even though the smell of meat made him nauseous. He even went so far as to buy her a separate set of pots and pans to use for cooking meat. When they had a fight or disagreement she would sometimes (accidentally?) use his pots and pans to cook bacon and other meats. He would then have to scrub them with harsh detergents to get rid of the smell and grease stains. He also noticed that her body odor was different, not being a vegan, and that kissing her was not pleasant when she had just finished eating meat. They ended up parting ways, and he no longer has to compromise his kitchen utensils because he now lives with a vegan. Other couples in similar situations have survived, as the meat eater eventually took on the vegan lifestyle. I’m sure there are situations when the converted partner secretly goes out and eats a hamburger when they have a craving, with the vegan partner looking the other way. Who needs a guilt trip anyway.  There are also many vegan women who do not mind dating a meat eater and will not judge them for their choices. As long as everyone is happy, the relationship can grow. How do I feel about all this? I have seen many angles play out, but what would I want for myself and what can I accept, and not accept, at this point in my life? How much bending am I willing to do for a relationship? Good Questions. It’s not really about if the man will accept me as a Raw Vegan, it’s about whether I want to live with a meat eater. It would obviously be easier for me to be with someone who is on the same page as me. Would I tolerate a smoker, a chronic drinker, a drug user, or a meat eater? Smoking is a deal breaker for me, so are drugs, and so is chronic drinking. He would need to have very little drama in his life and enjoy exercising. That now leaves meat consumption. I don’t like the smell of meat and I do not like factory farms and the impact they have had on our planet. I find that a vegan lifestyle is a more compassionate one. I can visualize myself making vegan raw meals with the man I love, instead of BBQ and a case of beer. On the other hand, there is organic grass fed meat available, and how picky should I really be? How far would I bend if I had no control of who I fell in love with? Irma Romano is a registered massage therapist who teaches healthy living through body work, workshops, nutrition, retreats, and writing. She is a raw vegan and believes that health is about real food, real people, and living with authenticity and truth. “Health is about honouring yourself with love, live foods, and good friendships and being of service to others.”  To contact Irma please go to irmaromamt@hotmail.com

Energy

Energy

As I was beginning to write this issue, I couldn’t help thinking about how good it feels to accomplish the things we set out to do. I just finished writing a book (it’s now off to the editor), that I have spent the last several months researching and putting together. Sometimes, with an approaching deadline we need a fire lit under us and the energy to get it done. I ended up following the advice I give my clients. As busy as I was, I made sure to practice yoga, eat really healthy and get enough quality sleep. I also reminded myself to focus on the feeling of  gratitude that I was experiencing, knowing that the tasks we are given are part of a learning curve that enriches our lives on many levels. My father always said, “to be grateful for having the ability to work, because not everyone does.” We need energy to get things done, go about our daily activities, and to accomplish our goals. As we get older, energy becomes even more of a commodity. Energy begets energy. If you don’t get enough sleep, eat too much sodium, drink alcohol or just simply overindulge, you wake up feeling and looking bagged. Remember when you were young and you had an abundance of energy? That doesn’t have to be a memory from the past. There are ways that you can improve your energy, get things done and still be able to enjoy your personal life and hobbies. So how can you improve your energy? Cut down on fat – When you consume a high fat meal, it lingers in your blood stream for several hours. When your pancreas becomes fatigued and overused from the onslaught of fat, your adrenal glands kick in to help by producing epinephrine to stimulate your pancreas to increase insulin production. Our adrenal glands are also called upon every time we experience stress, and over time will become exhausted. This affects our overall hormonal balance and leads to chronic fatigue, among other things. Stretch – Do you find that you are dragging yourself to work? According to Aranka Shkolnikova, owner and instructor at Yoga Heritage Healing Arts, “yoga postures harness the abilities of the body, control the busy mind and leave you refreshed and strong.” Practice Tadasana (Mountain Pose) to invigorate yourself. Start by standing tall, evenly distributing the weight on the bottom of your feet. Pay attention to all the little muscles of the feet, then the legs, hips, torso, neck and head. Lift your arms above your head, straight from the shoulders, palms facing one another. Hold it with ease, poise and with smooth, even breathing. Start with one minute, and then slowly build up to a full 10 minutes. This stretch stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. Exercise – People who exercise regularly maintain a more consistent weight, are less prone to overeating and cravings and are more confident. Exercise gets your blood flowing, and the energy you derive from it is your return on your investment. It is the healthiest way to get an endorphin rush to reduce stress. Fruit – Fruit is a high energy food and if you eat it on its own, on an empty stomach, it gets metabolized quickly. In fact, some of the sugars are absorbed into your bloodstream as soon as you start to eat, from under your tongue. It goes to your cells where the nutrients are needed, within minutes of consuming it. Fruit does not require insulin to be metabolized; it takes a small amount of energy to digest, giving you energy! Stress – Do not consume foods that stress the body. Processed sugar, excessive amounts of chocolate and caffeine, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, soft drinks, junk food, white flour products and fried foods are all to be avoided. Most of these will cause a spike and then a drop in blood sugar, affecting your overall health and mood. Healthy fat – Omega-3 fatty acids improve mood and brain function, and are essential for avoiding a midday slump. Add 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, chia seeds or raw walnuts to smoothies or gluten free grains. Dark leafy green vegetables are also an excellent source of Omega-3’s, so choose dark leafy greens for your salads. Hydration – Make sure you are drinking enough pure water. Coffee, tea and alcohol are dehydrating. If you start to choose water over tea and coffee, you will notice a difference in your energy level. First thing in the morning, drink 2 large glasses of water before consuming anything else. It will give you lasting energy and as an added bonus, will help with bowel movements. Go for quality – Start to consume nutrient dense foods. Eat lots of vegetables, fruits and sprouts.  You will find that your energy level will go up! Control quantity – Eat until your 80% full. Allow your digestive system some time off and your body will have a chance to do some internal housecleaning. Take a break – Take 20 minute breaks in the morning and in the afternoon, especially between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm when cortisol levels are lower. Try to take a break, stretch and get some fresh air and sunshine. You will feel energized and ready to go back to work. Deep breathing – Make sure to practice at least 20 minutes of mindful breathing every day. Close your eyes, relax your body, just let go and breathe deeply through your nose into your belly, with your mouth closed. Imagine that when you inhale your breath is pushing out the sides of your ribs, then exhale slowly and allow your shoulders and body to relax. Deep breathing relaxes your mind and energizes your body, increasing circulation and lymph flow, settling your emotions and allowing you to feel more at peace. For more energy and to sleep better, take a B complex during the day. It helps fight stress, improves mood and helps metabolize carbohydrates. Don’t forget to spend part of your day doing something you

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